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60   IN THE ACADIAN LAND.

and contented himself with "daring her out" by strumming on the cords again. She was uneasy and angry, but as he ventured nearer there was nothing to do but fight or retreat, so she fairly sprang upon him. But he was not asleep; they clinched and kicked, and bit, till they lost their grip on the lines and fell out of sight, locked in as venomous and spiteful an embrace as one could witness. Two tigers could not have outdone them in every appearance of anger. The female generally wins. She will kill and eat the male who would have been the father of her brood.

Let us go back on our track a little. When a true bug or beetle or fly is hatched, a worm is the first result — not a true worm but a grub, and it matures by undergoing many changes. A spider is born complete. As he increases in size he sheds or moults his skin or shell like lobsters. They have six pairs of limbs: four pairs are used for legs ; a pair of palpi, or feelers, used also for other purposes ; a hinder pair of legs are used to guide the thread. They are furnished with three claws and a brush of fine hair; the other legs are clawed in the same way. On the under side, a little behind the first pair of legs, are two nostrils, concealed by covers. At the end of the body,


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